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Complementary Medicine/Therapies
Complementary medicine/therapies
Phillippa J.Newman
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Currently in the UK, around six million people a year consult a CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) practitioner for both acute and chronic problems and, therefore, CAM can be an effective form of treatment to address many of the physical and emotional issues that arise due to learning disabilities. Therapies such as aromatherapy, massage and reflexology promote relaxation, increased self-esteem and tactile communication, whereas homeopathy can tackle preventative health issues as well as physical and emotional ailments stemming from their learning disability. All CAMs can be used safely in conjunction with conventional treatment but, in addition to conventional treatment, CAM can offer additional benefits to the patient including more personal autonomy over treatment options, no side effects and increased wellbeing.

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